I debated whether not to review this product as it's so hyped that I'm pretty sure everyone and their dog has heard of it by now. The product in question is MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose. It was recently re-released as part of the Aprés Chic collection and I decided to make an impulse buy at the same time as I purchased my first MAC lipstick. I'd never tried a MAC MSF before, but I had heard great things and I was sucked in by the hype surrounding this particular shade, Stereo Rose.
The packaging is typical MAC - black and sophisticated. The compact is sturdy and practical, but I wish it contained a mirror so I could take it on the go. The formula of the product is lovely, it's soft and blendable and applies like a dream. It's really pigmented but you can build it up to a more intense shade, or apply lightly for a sheer flush of colour. I couldn't capture it well in a hand swatch, so I included a couple of photos where I am wearing this on my cheeks. In the first photo, I build up the colour to a more intense coral, and in the second I went for a more sheer flush. I find the colour really flattering for my skintone at least, but if you use too much then it can look a little like sunburn, as I heard someone recently describe it. I use this as a blush, but it doubles up as a highlighter as it contains lots of shimmer. I don't usually like shimmer in blushers, but I do really like this one. It seems to give my skin a healthy glow without looking like I've sprinkled glitter on my face.
These aren't cheap at £21.50 a go, but you do get a lot of product and because you have to use so little, I can see this lasting me quite a while! Unfortunately, Stereo Rose sold out within days so you won't find it online but your local MAC might have some left. Do I think this particular MSF is worth the hype? Yes. I had high expectations, but these were met by the gorgeous colour and formula. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this during summer, especially.
Did you manage to get Stereo Rose this time around, or have you tried it before? If not, what other MSF do you recommend? I want to collect them all now!